Bebe Doll PinsBy Mark Chervenka
Bebe Doll Pins
Bebe is French for a baby doll. Some French 19th century dolls were originally sold with a Bebe pin. New Bebe pins copied from old originals were sold for $15 each. The new pins arrived with a bright gold-tone finish.
There are two styles. One has a doll head on the left end (Fig. 1); the other has bows and ribbons on the ends (Fig. 2). Each of the new pins is about 1¼″ long. New pins have modern machine made pinbacks with a safety catch. Original pins have the old C-style pin catch or handmade safety release.